“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
What Prevents Some People From Participating?
The need for people to volunteer is great but not everyone who feels the calling is aware that they can participate if given a chance. While there are several well-known reasons for not volunteering, there are also the less obvious ones that function as barriers. Research shows that not everyone who is qualified to volunteer can do so because of inherent socioeconomic barriers. Research has identified these barriers as a critical exclusionary factors to participation. We believe that we can deal with some of these and that we can build a better world by giving under sourced people the opportunity to volunteer with refugee children. They no longer need to sit on the sidelines but should be able to choose to participate in this human endeavor with the help of RAMP Foundation.
Few of us would disagree that the aspect of social contact in helping and working with others can have a profound effect on our overall psychological well-being. Research shows that it also generates indirect positive benefits for communities. People and groups working together can facilitate action, cooperation, trust, and reciprocity with others. In turn that leads to more prosperous communities, economies, and even healthier residents – and thus volunteering can make ours a better world.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of charitable organizations. They provide various unpaid services to allow refugee children and their families to become integrated into the American way of life. The need for volunteers is greater than ever. The national resettlement goal is significantly higher than last year – from 15,000 refugees per year under the previous administration to 125,000 in 2022 under the Biden Administration – not inclusive of the newly arriving Afghan and Ukrainian refugees.
The International Rescue Committee alone, which is one of nine designated resettlement agencies in the U.S., needs 2,000 new volunteers for its twenty-six locations this year to support their resettlement efforts. That is in addition to the thousands of volunteers they already have.
The benefits of volunteering can be far-reaching. Studies reveal that while over 90% of us say that we want to volunteer, only one out of four Americans does. There are some obvious reasons for this situation such as lack of time or lack of interest or not having been asked.
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